Friday, October 28, 2011

going nuts

A note from my daughter's class was sent home, announcing that they will have a "dress up as your favourite animal" day on Monday.

Normally, this would be an easy thing, seeing that there are a plethora of costumes available during this Halloween season.  Or, like most animal costumes, are easy to create with a few simple sewing or ingenious craft ideas.

What do you do, if your daughter's favourite animal is a HIPPOPOTAMUS?!?!  And there is no persuading to use existing costumes we have in her tickle trunk, like cats, bunnies or tigers? ("Those aren't my FAVOURITES, MOM!")

With both a birthday and a graduation party this weekend, as well as pre-planning our winter trip, I think this assignment is just ONE more thing to do this for this crazy nutty weekend...ugh!!!

At least dinner tonight will be a good way!

Almond Crusted Chicken
I don’t like to fry our food but love the taste…so I adapted  Martha Stewart’s original recipe by using Panko bread crumbs and oven baked this (no pan searing) to make this crunchy. This makes an easy quick meal.  Here’s my adaptation…


  • ¾ cup Panko bread crumbs (found in the bread section along with regular bread crumbs)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ cups sliced almonds, crushed into pieces
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter.
  • Salt, pepper and other seasoning (like Italian seasoning)

  • Preheat oven to 400degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, season Panko bread crumbs with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning
  • Place eggs in a small bowl with 2 tsp. of water, and beat lightly.
  • Dip the chicken in the egg.
  • Dip the chicken in the Panko bread crumb mixture.
  • Dip in the egg again.
  • Coat with almonds.
  • Place slivers of the butter in a cast iron skillet (or any oven proof skillet).
  • Place the chicken on top of butter.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  • Serve.

Enjoy...and go nuts!!!

{This post linked to 33 Shades of Green}

1 comment:

  1. Great recipe....I will try this...I had the same problem with my daughter...On Monday they are supposed to be a storybook character and I had to do Fancy Nancy....She did not want any other costume! Thanks for coming by Coastal Charm and visiting my home tour!


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